Zora Neale Hurston

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

Audre Lorde

“and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid. so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” Quote from Audre Lorde’s poem, “Litany for Survival,” found in her book, The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde.

University Studies Peer Mentor Program

Portland State University’s undergraduate general education program is housed in the University Studies (UNST) department. As an Undergraduate Peer Mentor with the University Studies Peer Mentor Program, I am responsible for disseminating information to a class of incoming freshmen. The cluster of classes our freshmen participate in are called Freshmen Inquiry, or FRINQ. As their Peer…